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The Senate of The Bahamas
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The Senate consists of 16 members known as “Senators”, who are appointed by the Governor-General by instrument under the Public Seal in accordance with the provisions of this Article. Nine Senators are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, four are appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and three are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister after consulting the Leader of the Opposition.

For many years the legislative council (the upper house) was considered more prestigious than the house of assembly and most elected members looked forward to the “call up” to the legislative council from the house of assembly. It was not until political parties were established in the 1950’s and the institution of ministerial government in 1964 that the House of Assembly became the dominant chamber. In the constitution of 1964 the legislative council was renamed the senate and the executive functions carried out by the executive council became the responsibility of the cabinet.

Members of the Senate
Members Name Party
Senator the Hon. Z.C. Allyson Maynard Gibson Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Sharon Roena Wilson Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Cheryl Eloise Bazard Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Gregory Conrad Burrows Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Joseph Ricardo Curry Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Jerome Pastel Gomez Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Julian Bedell Russell Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Gary Martin Sawyer Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Frank Smith Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Henry Alexander Leon Storr Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. Tanisha Tynes Progressive Liberal Party
Senator the Hon. T. Desmond Bannister Free National Movement
Senator the Hon. Heather Hunt Free National Movement
Senator the Hon. Zhivargo Sean Laing Free National Movement
Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson Free National Movement
Presidents of the Senate
The Presiding Officer of the Senate is the President.    He or she sometimes performs the functions of the office of Governor-General where the Governor-General is away from his post.  This position was preceded by the President of the Legislative Council of Barbados. Below is a list of Presidents of the Senate:
Name Entered Office Left Office
Hon. Sir George W.K. Roberts January 1964 June 1964
Hon. L. J. Knowles, CBE ? ?
Hon. Sir Gerald Cash, GCMG, GCVO, OBE, JP 1972 1973
Hon. Dr. Dame Doris Louise Johnson 1973 1982
Hon. Edwin Coleby 1982 1992
Hon. J. Henry Bostwick 1992 2002
Hon. Sharon R. Wilson 2002 2007
Hon. Lynn Holowesko 2007 2012
Hon. Sharon R. Wilson 2012 Present
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